Simon A. Danigole, Jr.

Simon A. Danigole, Jr., USAF, Colonel (Retired)

October 3, 1939 – March 15, 2021

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, March 19th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, March 20th at 11am at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 200 E. 6th Street, Papillion.


Born: October 3, 1939 – New Orleans, Louisiana

Simon was reunited with his beloved wife Dorothy on March 15, 2021; a 57-year love story.  Simon and Dorothy were married June 3, 1961 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the campus of their Alma Mater, LSU.   His Air Force career spanned 26 years, from 1961 through 1987.  He is a decorated Vietnam War pilot with over 1,100 combat missions and piloted B-52s through the Cold War.  During his military career, Simon and Dorothy crossed the country several times making home in 19 locations.

Simon was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who actively mentored and guided everyone in his family through example and deed.  He was a spiritual leader serving the Catholic Church throughout his life as a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and Eucharistic Minister.  He lived a life grounded in faith that he now brings to heaven.

Simon’s passions were fishing and gardening.  He loved spending time in the outdoors and at home…always with his family.

Simon is preceded in death by wife, Dorothy; son, Simon III; parents Simon and Evelyn; and granddaughter, Jamie Haynes.  Simon is survived by children: Michelle Haynes, Kathy Weller (Mike), Kris Kennedy, Mark Danigole (Melinda), and Scott Danigole (Carol); 12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and Charlie, his beloved dog and constant companion.

Simon will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and neighbors.  Comforted with the knowledge he is in a better place, reunited with Dorothy and Simon III, watching over and protecting us.





  • Joyce Koehn Posted March 17, 2021 7:42 am

    THoughts and prayers for the family.,he was such a gentle soul and a good friend rest in peace Si.

  • Connie Picha Posted March 17, 2021 2:14 pm

    Prayers for the family. SI was such a loving person. I treasure the time God let me know him and Dot and the whole family. Tears of love are flowing but I know they are reunited in Heaven and one day we will all be able to be together. For the family I am always here if I can help in any way. I love you all and have you in my heart.
    Si I am so glad you have no more pain and are with Dot again, please know you were loved by your extended family in OH.

  • Julia Hawks Posted March 17, 2021 3:11 pm

    Sending love and peace to this beautiful family. Forever in my heart.

  • Paul Ulrich Posted March 17, 2021 6:23 pm

    Condolences Michelle and the whole family.

  • Tom Fowler Posted March 17, 2021 7:23 pm

    My prayers of condolence for the family. I had the honor of working with/for Si in the SAC command post. I honor his memory.

  • Alice Verberne Posted March 18, 2021 6:59 am

    I never had the chance to spend time with Uncle Butch, but last year at this time, he and I had a round of emails discussing his life in Louisiana. We discussed the differences in animals he trapped, the people he knew and worked with in the bayou. He explained some very interesting photos and shared memories of his early teens. I had a window into his world. What an extraordinary man. No wonder my mom adored him. He had this way of making you feel important, special, no matter how far away you were or how little you saw him. I felt it and I only wish I could have spent even more time in his presence. We have each other and should make a point to get together when possible to share stories and enjoy each others company. He would have liked that.

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